mLearning Projects - Learning and Teaching
The Course Finder application was created to make it easier to search for information about courses offered by the University. It is made for the Android smartphones and tablets and also available as a web application. This application becomes beneficial for USP students, staff, sponsors and also prospect students. The USP staff and students can also use the wireless services offered by the University to access this application on their phones.
The Android application is hosted on Google Play Store and also at the Vodafone App Store and is downloadable free to charge.
The Web based course finder application can be accessed from the URL: mlearn.usp.ac.fj/coursefinder
The graph below shows the number of installs (cumulative count) on the Android smartphones and tablets since the release of the USP Course Finder app in June 2013.
Currently the follows methods are used to conduct quizzes in class:
• In-class: Quizzes conducted as tests with a defined time period.
• Online: this is where students login to Moodle and attempt their quiz questions.
This happens in two ways:
1. Where the quiz opens for a short period of time usually during lab/tutorial classes.
2. Where the quiz is open for a longer period of time.
In both these cases, the student has to either be present in class or have access to a computer with internet access to be able to do this activity. The goal of this project is to see the development of quiz assessment system that will allow teachers to conduct quizzes in their subjects via sms and also receive responses from students via sms. The responses received will be graded and marks automatically awarded as per course policy. This system will be housed in and controlled from Moodle.
The graph below shows the number of SMS Quiz requests (Inbox) and responses (Outbox) by students in Semester 2, 2013 and Semester 1, 2014.
If using Moodle grade-book to manage coursework of students in a particular course, this project will see the development of an information system that will allow relevant stakeholders to get coursework’s of students on their mobile phone as sms feeds. Stakeholders here are simply students who are usually interested in knowing their attained courses. This service can even be extended to parents who may be interested in knowing the performance of their siblings and sponsors to get instant feedback on the performance of their scholarship recipients. This system will utilize a two way messaging system mainly encompassing a request for a coursework and a response.
The graph below shows the number of SMS Marksheet requests (Inbox) and responses (Outbox) by students in Semester 1, 2013 and Semester 2, 2013.
Students can view their exam information through their SOLS account or through Student Academic Services help desk. This project is to extend this USP service to allow student to view individual exam information via SMS from any number and country. This will help a number of students who tend to miss out on their exams due to lack of knowledge or confusion of their exam information.
The accessing of this service is simple, students just send a request via SMS to the mLearning short code and within a minute or so they will receive a SMS notification on their exam information. When student request for their exam information, they just have to send a syntax like Exam S12345678 or for a particular course it would be Exam S12345678 UU114. They will receive an SMS giving their course code,exam date, venue, time and seat number.
The graph below shows the number of SMS Exam Timetable requests (Inbox) and responses (Outbox) by students in semester 1 and 2, 2013.
The SmartDial feature is an upgrade to the syntax specific SMS request-response method where students can use a short code to access the mLearning two-way SMS applications rather than sending in a SMS request with a specific syntax for each application. When using the previous request-response method, a student may send in a wrong syntax and thus does not get a reply for this. The SmartDial feature eliminates this problem and allows students to access any service from a single menu. In SmartDial, there are menus and instructions to guide students using these services. Currently the specific syntax request-response and SmartDial methods are available for usage. As an example, for a student requiring Exam Timetable information the student would just need to dial *811# and select the Exam Timetable option from the menu and follow the short instructions provided.
In this project we will look at developing a sms based system aimed at mounting essential student services on mobiles; in particular the student registration system. We choose an sms based over a mobile web application due to its popularity, ease of use and that is readily available in basic phones which happens to be the most common type of handsets in use. In this proposed system students will be allowed to register for their preferred course(s) by sending sms. The format of the sms will be designed in such a way so that proper authentication, delivery and execution of the sms can be done without any problems. The system will also facilitate notification of enrolled, dropped and on hold courses.
The current process of course registrations can only be done either manually at the campuses; or online using the SOLS online registration system. Though these systems are working well, it still requires students to be present in person at the campus or have access to a computer having decent internet connection. Based on the assumption that mobile access covers a greater area; this projects aims to maximise this medium for the purpose of course registration.
The goal of this project is to present existing and potential USP students a way to register for their preferred courses by sending an SMS. This will be a two way messaging system mainly comprising of a request for registration and a response/confirmation.
Due to the rapid explosion of mobile technology, smartphones which cost hundreds of dollars a couple of years ago have seen a remarkable reduction in prices nowadays. This is also attributed to the introduction of newer manufacturers of mobiles phones in the mobile market, hence pushing prices down. One feature of smartphones that is widely used is their ability to browse the internet.
However the current cost of browsing the internet is still not cheap in Fiji and in other USP member countries. Keeping this in mind, this project will look at the possibility of allowing internet browsing on smartphones by connecting to the current USP ISP instead of using the bandwidth of the mobile service providers. This means that students connecting to the internet will use up their USP internet quota. They will have the same access privileges to sites as governed by the current USP Internet Usage Policy.
Increasing use of smart phones means people are accessing ever more content on their mobile phones. For content to be delivered and viewed on compatible browsers on mobile phones, the website contents need to be re-designed into WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) content.
The goal of this project is to identify essential and mandated student related services and develop WAP enabled content so that they can be assessable on smartphones or 3G enabled mobile devices.
For a start, this project will target some key areas of Moodle to be accessible from mobile phones, in particular the Moodle Home Page, Discussion Forums, Grade book and profiles. Other possibilities include the SOLS such as course registrations and finance menu.